Remembering Kurt Cobain: A Photoblog Mapping Seattle’s Grunge Rock Scene

The love of grunge music from Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain inspires one fan to use Trover to keep his memory alive 20-years later

The OK Hotel is the location of Nirvana’s first live performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – a song that turned the band into a breakout success and transformed Seattle into the grunge capital of the world. Now, 20 years after the tragic and untimely death of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, the OK Hotel still stands today.

As time passes, it’s easy to forget that one of Seattle’s iconic music artists had one of his earliest performances just around the corner, but Seattle music blogger Katy McCourt-Basham, certainly hasn’t forgotten. Katy, or “Six Bones” as she’s known on Trover, joined only weeks ago, and since then has already begun to memorialize the places that are now historical landmarks for many Nirvana and Seattle grunge music fans.

Her collection of photos of retro storefronts, bars and buildings may seem a bit pedestrian at first glance, but each include simple captions that together tell a very remarkable story of a local legend and other famous grunge bands. You see, Six Bones magically brings together a journey once taken by Cobain including the original location of Sub Pop Records, an iconic Seattle indie label that founded Nirvana or the venue for the “Nevermind” album release party at Re-Bar.

“I’m captivated by the stories behind these places. Grunge drew the eyes of the world to our rainy little corner of America,” said Katy McCourt-Basham, the woman behind Six Bones. “It helped make Seattle the major hub of independent music it is today. When you walk into a bar or past certain buildings, you’re connected to that legacy.”

She leaves a nostalgic trail for other fans to discover, as many of these locations continue to support various bands and vocalists today on their path to fame. We’re grateful to have these experiences and invite other music fans to discover her collection or tell their own music-centric journey. So, give us the goods on must-see music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, or great local spots like The Roxy Theater on Cali’s Sunset Boulevard or the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville.

Because why would you want to let the journeys end there? Keep them alive on Trover #music so we too can follow the ‘tracks’ of various bands, artists and venues.